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November 26, 2011 // 7:22 pm - Today Cobra PS3 Firmware v4.2 is released for those who own the USB dongle alongside MultiMAN PlayStation 3 Backup Cobra USB Manager v03.00.00 below.

Download: Cobra PS3 Firmware v4.2 Update / multiMAN Cobra Manager v03.00.00 (dongle required) / multiMAN Emulator Pack (SNES GENP FCEU FBAN VBAN - 49.96 MB)

Package contains:

  • mmCM 03.00.00 (3108 PS3 Covers, 2020 PS2 Covers) (showTIME, ps3SERV)
  • PS3SERV PC app: To be used with mmCM file manager /net_host# network folders.
  • SHOWTIME PLAYER: Included as SHOWTIME.SELF in mmCM USRDIR/sys folder to enable playback of video files
  • BROWSER.SELF: Standalone WWW/FTP application

Condorstrike from believes deank is not working for the Cobra USB Team and has stated the following on the IRC logs below discussing it:

"We don't have confirmation on that, truth be told... we haven't spoken to Dean in a while, he did tell me a while back that he was going away for a while.

So from my understanding as far as I know, this is Team Cobra's app using Multiman's open source project... so for now, I'd say it's not Dean."

Update: The man himself deank has now made an official statement on the merging of multiMAN and Cobra.

Also, Team Cobra have released a quick update to mmCM to fix a minor bug that was present in mounting PSP ISOs without a disc in the drive. mmCM v03.00.01 update is available now ONLINE ONLY to Cobra USB users via the intergrated update system.

From IRC:

[Abkarino] deank had joind cobra team?
[flash67] LOL
[TehRuler] YEP
[TehRuler] LOL
[eussNL] Cobra ~=~ TrueBlue
[eussNL] so if it supports the replaced sub_28fe30 and new section 0x80000000007f0000 that Cobra uses, it means Trueblue support is around the corner...
[flash67] exactly
[middleman] i see deank sold out eh, that mustve been the big news tortuga was talking about
[TehRuler] no wonder he's been hiding
[middleman] yeah, went in hiding to make multiman for cobra, blah

Finally, below are the changes, as follows:

  • Added MultiMan for Cobra in the download section.
  • Support for games with split files.
  • Bugfix: special keys of bdremote weren't working in showtime.

Multiman for Cobra changelog:

  • Full ISO and CUE+BIN support (incl. create ISO from folder)
  • Full Cobra support (PSX, PS2, PSP, PS3, ISO, BIN, CUE, BDM, DVD)
  • PSP UMD game support when PSP connected in USB+UMD mode
  • Support for *.0/.31, *.001/.032, *.66600/.66631 split file formats
  • Join split files in file manager (select and copy the first file to get the rest joined)
  • Mount ISO files in File Manager (to browse/copy contents)
  • New display mode "XBDM" - XBOX Dash Clone
  • Support for games with split big files (from external hdd)
  • BD/DVD Region options in SETTINGS column
  • Support for PS2 game covers (OPL format, i.e. SLES_123.45_COV.JPG) in /covers_retro/psx (over 2000 covers included)
  • Integrated Dongle Updater (in mmCM XMMB column)
  • Option to turn on blue/green dongle leds or turn them off completely
  • Integrated PSX, PS2 and PSP database for names and IDs (over 13000 entries) (for PSX/PS2 discs and PSP ISO/UMD files)

Finally, puchin has made available a VSH.Self Patched for Cobra 3.55 based on the Cobra 3.55 original and details on how it was done below, as follows:

Unself the vsh.self (try using MAGIC PKG 1.0), then HexEdit the vsh.ELF and replace the 8 bytes at the following addresses:

[Register or Login to view code]

Then use self_rebuilder (also available in Make PKG 1.0), to rebuild the vsh.self
Drag and drop the original vsh.self and the edited vsh.elf

I take no responsibility for any damage or brick of your console... I'm just passing the info.

Cobra PS3 Firmware v4.2, MultiMAN Cobra Manager v03.00.00 Out

Cobra PS3 Firmware v4.2, MultiMAN Cobra Manager v03.00.00 Out

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#369 - ps33ps - December 1, 2012 // 4:55 pm
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how to skip verifying data? after installation CFW 4.30 and new mm i can't play in dragons dogma, i wait over 20 min and verifying data is still in progress, on earlier version mm and CFW 3.55 this process takes max 5 minutes

edit: ok i found

#368 - PS4 News - December 1, 2012 // 9:12 am
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Today deank has updated multiMAN once again to version 04.14.03 with the changes below, as follows:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121201) (3 MB) / multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121201) (Mirror) / multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121201) (Mirror #2)


  • Totally reworked 8x4 display mode (compatible with all themes)
  • Added "Reset USB" option to "Settings" to disable USB bus scan/reset
  • Added new translation labels
  • Included latest installPKG standalone application

Update: Shortly following, deank updated multiMAN once more to version 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121202) fixing a bug in the game list view present when moving up/down (it just toggles between the top and bottom entry) stating:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121202).rar / multiMAN ver 04.14.03a UPD CEX (20121202).rar

You can take screenshots... Press the {PS} button, go to [Photo] column in real XMB -> Take Screenshot. I see that is wrong and got it fixed, thanks!

All fixed (both 8x4 and the list mode). The link in the post above is updated with the new one. Let me know how it works. You can also update online by starting mM while holding L2+R2 and update from the Home column.

Also when using 4x2, 8x4, 5x4x5 and XBDM modes and if you leave mM while in dash/home/settings it will return you to your games list on next launch External Game Data function is not to be used with all the games out there. Some work, some doesn't. I know exactly what the issue is, but it is impossible to overcome. Same goes for games with caching split files and/or using BD-Mirror function. I can give you the technical explanation if you wish but that won't solve anything.

Delete all installed game data, use a game disc, disable ' data' if enabled, disable direct-boot, and try again... Enable bd-mirror and try again... I have TFU (not the sith edition) but it works... It gives a black screen if you don't use game disc or without bdmirror.

#367 - Shorteee - November 30, 2012 // 3:39 pm
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NTFS (Thumbs Up)

#366 - PS4 News - November 30, 2012 // 9:43 am
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Today deank has updated multiMAN to version 04.14.02 with the changes below, as follows:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (2.98 MB) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror #2) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror #3) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror #4) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror #5)

v04.14.02 Changelog:

  • Changed: Do not scan/reset USB devices on DEX firmwares
  • NTFS/PFS driver works properly with and without USB.CFG (only ONE active NTFS HDD supported)
  • Game and Firmware version display in "Game Settings" menu will reflect data found in GAMEI folder if "Ext. Game Data" is enabled
  • mM is now available in XMB after "Ext. Game Data" or gameDATA (USB mode) is used
  • Improved support for data CD/DVD/BD discs (Blu-ray Movie Discs, AVCHD discs, other data discs)
  • Upon mM launch if such disc is in the tray it will be accessible right away
  • If a data disc (non-genuine PS3 BD Game Disc) is inserted during mM operation it will be also accessible
  • These changes negate the use of "Enable Direct Disc Access" option in "Settings"
  • Included standalone [* Install Package Files] application with queue/color/sorting support

Update: multiMAN version 04.14.02 (20121201) for December 1st is now available below as well with the changes from above:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121201).rar

v04.14.02 (20121201) Changelog:

  • Added "Reset USB" option in "Settings" to disable usb scan/reset
  • Added 6 new lines in the LANG_DEFAULT

#365 - sorg - November 29, 2012 // 11:41 pm
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How to turn off USB drive rearranging introduced in v4.14? Now i cannot set any games in MM

MM tells about disconnecting and reconnecting, then leave to XMB without game in disk and /app_home.. USB remains inaccessible till i turn PS3 off... I'm using Rebug 4.21 in DEX mode with BD emulation on USB stick. Before v4.14 everything was worked just fine...

so, how to turn this very bad new feature OFF??

btw, BD emulator on USB stick also disappears till i switch PS3 off. This is really bad bad bad feature!

#364 - hiphop78 - November 29, 2012 // 3:36 pm
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#363 - PS4 News - November 29, 2012 // 3:29 pm
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Today deank has updated multiMAN to version 04.14.01 for those already on MultiMAN v04.14.00 Base and Full (CEX and DEX) with the changes below, as follows:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (2.44 MB) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #2) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #3) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #4) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #5) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #6) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #7) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #8) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #9) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #10) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #11) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #12) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #13) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #14) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121129).rar (Mirror #15)

v04.14.01 Changelog:

  • Online mM update file is down to 2.5MB and from now on will require prior BASE/FULL installation (as of now 04.14.00)
  • Checking for game updates will also check GAMEI folder on external USB drives for installed game data
  • Using NTFS/PFS driver with configured USB.CFG allows for any number of partitions
  • If a broken cover is detected it is re-downloaded from the update server
  • Fixed cover issues in 8x4 (and other display modes) when cover is missing or broken
  • Added 300 new covers to the update server (over 5600 PS3 game covers available now)
  • [* Install Package Files] function in mM supports:

  • up to 256 pkg files
  • split pkg files
  • sorting
  • queued PKG indication (in red)
  • multipart (split) PKG indication (in yellow)
  • copy/transfer progress
  • Scanned locations: /dev_usb*** /dev_hdd0 /dev_bdvd in /PKG /packages and root folders
  • Split files format: .0 - .63 / .66600 - .66663 / .001 - .064
  • Supports both "PSN (Bubble)" and "Standard" install methods

Update: multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121130).pkg (2.44 MB) / multiMAN ver 04.14.01 UPD CEX (20121130).pkg (Mirror)

Here it is - please test and report back. It should allow for any number of NTFS partitions if properly set in USB.CFG (otherwise 2 partitons only). It should allow detecting multiple hdds with same vendor/device ids (for resetting usb bus).

The issue is that mM can't reconnect them in the proper order because both have the same IDs and it can't distinguish them. Your only workaround is to connect only the drive you want to play from. Do you see both drives disconnect/reconnect when doing the usb bus reset (if they have lights and are unpowered you can see).

It is not related to multiMAN. Last week I tried to replace the libusbd.sprx, libio.sprx and other .sprx files - I used these from 3.55 and replaced the ones on 4.21 with ABSOLUTELY no result... I got the same issue so it must be something else.

After a lot of tests my final conclusion was that the drive connect order is what's important. When the PS3 boots it usually initializes /dev_usb000 first and that's why games from it work if you don't touch anything. The solution for now is:

1) Disconnect all drives
2) Connect the drive which has the game
3) Connect the remaining drives

The connect/disconnect is only possible by specifying the vendor/device IDs and as in your case - both disconnect and both reconnect at the same time which breaks the procedure. If it was working properly they'll be reconnected with 5 seconds delay from each.

#362 - kombat75 - November 29, 2012 // 5:51 am
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Thanx guys for the info... I was about to ask about which Multiman should I download and after read this then i know for normal we should download the CEX Version and not DEX Version which is for DEBUG or testing Set..

#361 - Tek9 - November 29, 2012 // 5:08 am
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Quote Originally Posted by sharks View Post
Hi, i am using Kmeaw CFW 3.55 and i have Multiman (regular?) edition 4.09. Is this version compatible with my CFW? I do not understand what CEX and DEX mean. Can i just download this 4.14 version and replace the one that i already have?

Sorry for being outdated on the PS3 scene developments, but i'm just back home after several months and only now switching on my fat PS3.

Yes as long as you use the CEX version you should be fine i have the same 3.55 kmeaw you have and i am currently running multiman 4.12 hope this helps

#360 - GrandpaHomer - November 29, 2012 // 2:51 am
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2 sharks: use the CEX version (this is for normal console), DEX is for Debug / test consoles.